This Biome only has Rabbits and Snakes as living creatures, ans water is scarce. Unlike other biomes, the Sand goes all the way down to the bedrock, rather than turning to stone at some point. It is possible to mine Sand, Iron and Oil from the Desert, the Iron and Oil only appear at a depth of 23 meters or more underground.
With the temperature survival system that A13 introduced, starting off in the Desert can be rough. The temperature gets very hot during the day and cold at night. It is important to note that Yucca Juice has a cooling effect that will keep you cool in the Desert. Crafting a Bandanna from Cloth fragments and trying to find a Cowboy Hat in loot will also help you stay cool in the hot environment. At a minimum plant fiber clothes should be crafted early but can be substituted with better equipment later.Food and drink, however, are plentiful, since you obtain food resources such as the Yucca Fruit from Saguaros (tall cactus) and Yucca Juice from Yucca Plants. It should be noted however that with a recent update that crafting Yucca Juice requires a Bottled water making it harder to maintain hydration in the environment. In addition Yucca fruit has a chance to cause sickness so it should be consumed after other, safer, options. Other common resources include Desert Shrubs, Prickly Pears, Brown Grass and Aged Wood. Medical resources can also be obtained here, since Aloe Plants are plentiful and can be used to create Aloe Cream for First Aid Bandages. Wood is harder to come by in the desert because of the lack of trees. Bases can be constructed out of Adobe Peach Blocks or Adobe White Blocks instead of Wood Frames of many starter bases. These are cheap to build, and upgrade straight into Concrete Blocks.
There are plenty of small scrap yards where many destroyed cars can be found among the saguaros, as well as Corpses. Bags such as the Duffel Bag also seem to spawn more often in large groups of Saguaros. Desert Caves are a place to find the Apache Artifact Chest.
Points of Interest
Even though Deserts are known for being huge isolated places, there are many locations and buildings in the desert. There are many Gas Stations in this Biome; it's very common to find abandoned Campsites, water-towers and barns as well. If the player follows roads they might be able to find Ghost Towns. These towns are "Wild Wild West" themed and are completely overrun by Zombies, but they contain plentiful loot. The player may also be able to find shops such as Gun Stores.
In Navezgane the desert holds an Autoshop and a Hotel among other attractions.